Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service that was created and is managed by Google. It can stream video games to players at up to 4K resolution and 60 frames per second, and it supports high dynamic range (HDR). Stadia was made public in select countries on November 19, 2019. During its development, it was known as Project Stream. The system only requires an Internet connection and either Chromium support or a dedicated application on the device. Additionally, Google developed its own Stadia controller.
Stadia has two service tiers: free and Stadia Pro, which requires a monthly subscription. The Stadia free level restricts streaming to 1080p resolutions. The Pro tier costs around $10 per month with support for 4K streaming and free games.
Google Stadia Games and Entertainment was shut down on February 1, 2021. Stadia is now available on the majority of Android TV devices, including the Chromecast with Google TV, the Nvidia Shield TV, and other smart TVs that support Android TV. According to recent reports, Google intends to shift its Stadia focus from video games to playable experiences and online demos.
Stadia's cloud hardware was launched with a custom Intel x86 processor clocked at 2.7 GHz, AVX2, and 9.5 megabytes of L2+L3 cache. It also has a custom AMD GPU with HBM2 memory, 56 compute units, and 10.7 teraFLOPS based on the Vega architecture. The service also includes solid-state drive storage and 16 GB of RAM (with up to 484 GB/s bandwidth) shared by the GPU and CPU.